With various celebrations coming up, Snapchat has today shared some new insight into how its users are planning to engage with these events, and how marketers can look to reach them with their campaigns.
As explained by Snap:
"Snapchatters are gearing up for a season of celebrating, with holidays and festivals like Easter, Ramadan, Passover, and Holi all on the horizon. One in two Snapchatters around the world plan to observe a holiday or festival this March and April, but many have had to get extra creative with their celebrations."
Indeed, with pandemic restrictions still limiting what people can do, Snapchat users have been forced to re-assess their regular holiday routines once again. But the pandemic may also have strengthened their resolve to uphold their traditions, with most looking to stay focused on the positive elements as a means of maintaining some level of normalcy and connection.
But that will, as noted, mean a change in approach. So how are Snapchatters looking to change?
One way could be through increased gift-giving:
"Most Snapchatters plan to spend the same amount of money or more on holiday purchases this year. Specialty foods and drinks are a top purchase for Snapchatters, along with new outfits and gifts for friends or family."
Many Snapchatters will also still be looking to catch up with friends and family, in whatever capacity they can. That's reflected in Snapchat's word association trends from 2020, which show that 'Zoom' and 'Virtual' were two key terms used in connection to the various events.
Given this, Snapchat could be a key platform for such, with Snap usage seeing a rise in 2020:
"Easter Weekend in the US and Europe also saw a significant increase in Lens usage in 2020. In the US, an average of 31.5M Snapchatters used Lenses daily during Easter Weekend, an 18% increase compared to the yearly average."
That, also, could present a brand and marketing opportunity.
And while it will be hard for many to physically catch up with family, that too remains a key focus.
Based on these trends, various brands can likely see opportunity to showcase their relevant products to Snapchat users, and that could open up new avenues for branding and promotion through the app.
If you don't have your seasonal campaigns in place yet, these insights could help shape your thinking, and maximize performance in the period.
You can read Snapchat's full March and April holiday rundown here.